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Susanna Reid sends Piers Morgan ‘best wishes’ on Good Morning Britain amid coronavirus anxiety

Piers Morgan could return to Good Morning Britain tomorrow if his coronavirus test turns out to be negative, his colleagues told viewers this morning.

The presenter, 55, has no symptoms consistent with Covid-19, but has taken a test and remains out of the show as a precaution, TV doctor Hilary Jones explained on the ITV show this morning.

Co-host Susana Reid, who is joined this morning by Mr Morgan’s replacement Ben Shephard, added, “We send our very best wishes to Piers and promise to behave as best we can.”

Mr. Morgan previously announced on Twitter that he would not be on the show today after feeling unwell over the weekend.

He entered the studio in West London every morning, did his own makeup and was two meters away from co-host Susanna Reid.

Mr Morgan tweeted Sunday evening: ‘UPDATE: On medical advice and from an abundance of caution for a mild symptom that has developed over the past 48 hours, I’ve had a test for COVID-19 and so won’t be working on @ GMB until I result, which should be tomorrow. ‘

The presenter (left with co-host Susanna Reid) was one of the strongest voices to hold the government to account during the crisis.

The presenter (left with co-host Susanna Reid) was one of the strongest voices to hold the government to account during the crisis.

The presenter, 55, does not show symptoms consistent with Covid-19, but has taken a test and remains out of the show as a precaution, TV doctor Hilary Jones (photo) explained on the ITV show this morning

The presenter, 55, does not show symptoms consistent with Covid-19, but has taken a test and remains out of the show as a precaution, TV doctor Hilary Jones (photo) explained on the ITV show this morning

The presenter, 55, does not show symptoms consistent with Covid-19 but has taken a test and remains out of the show as a precaution, said TV physician Hilary Jones (photo) this morning on the ITV show

It comes after Mrs. Reid isolated for two weeks in her London home in March after a member of her household developed symptoms of the bug.

Mr. Morgan, who is usually on the show Monday through Wednesday with Ms. Reid, was one of the strongest voices to hold the government to account during the crisis.

Since the country was imprisoned on March 23, he has become the interviewer ministers feared most for his brutal investigation of the facts.

He has spoken the truth in power at every turn, including hotly questioning decisions made by both the British and U.S. governments.

In an article for MailOnline on Thursday, the columnist called Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s first press briefing after defeating Covid as “ complete and utter bullsh * t. ”

He said Mr Johnson’s speech had made US President Donald Trump credible and that his Brexit strategy cannot be used to defeat the virus.

In an article for MailOnline on Thursday, the columnist branded Prime Minister Boris Johnson (pictured) wrote back the first press briefing after beating Covid's 'complete and total bullsh * t'

In an article for MailOnline on Thursday, the columnist branded Prime Minister Boris Johnson (pictured) wrote back the first press briefing after beating Covid's 'complete and total bullsh * t'

In an article for MailOnline on Thursday, the columnist branded Prime Minister Boris Johnson (pictured) wrote back the first press briefing after beating Covid’s ‘complete and total bullsh * t’

Mr. Morgan wrote: “When Boris fans, the vast majority of them with Union Jack flags and Brexit slogans in their profiles, yell at me all day on Twitter for challenging their hero’s coronavirus strategy, they do it because Criticizing them of the government over this crisis is a repeat of the viciously toxic and partisan Brexit campaign. ‘

He added, “None of Boris Johnson’s political skills that earned him the December referendum and elections work like they did before the virus hit.”

The journalist pointed to a map that was shown at the end of the briefing on the “Global Death Comparision.”

He saw how it showed that the UK was trending to be the second worst hit country in the world for Covid-19 deaths.

On Sunday, the number of fatalities in Britain rose by 315 to 28,446, putting it on track to be the hardest hit in Europe.

The toll is now 264 behind Italy – the continent’s original epicenter – likely to overtake tomorrow’s second-highest death toll after the US.

Mr. Johnson was not the only world leader targeted by Mr. Morgan, and he discussed the US corona virus strategy with President Trump.

The presenter has repeatedly mentioned Trump’s approach to the bug, which broke out in the United States and killed more than 65,000 people.

The presenter has repeatedly shouted Trump's approach (pictured on Sunday) about the bug, which broke out in the United States and killed more than 65,000 people

The presenter has repeatedly shouted Trump's approach (pictured on Sunday) about the bug, which broke out in the United States and killed more than 65,000 people

The presenter has repeatedly shouted Trump’s approach (pictured on Sunday) about the bug, which broke out in the United States and killed more than 65,000 people

This resulted in him saying that Mr. Trump was “mad” because of his handling of the crisis.

The US president faced widespread ridicule after proposing to tackle the coronavirus with “powerful” UV light or even inject disinfectant patients.

He started his column by saying Trump to “keep the f *** shut” and admonished the president for using his position to broadcast the “batsh * t crazy theories.”

The presenter later announced that Trump had unfollowed him on Twitter.

Mr Morgan’s approach to politicians was justified last week when OFCOM released him for his “combative” style.

The GMB presenter received more than 3,000 complaints from two interviews with health minister Helen Whately on the show last month.

Nearly 600 viewers also complained about another interview with health secretary Matt Hancock on April 16.

But Ofcom said, “It is clearly in the public interest that broadcasters can hold political decision-makers to account.”

Mr. Morgan grilled Ms. Whately over the number of NHS and rescuers who died of Covid-19, accusing her of “greatly underestimating” the effects of the virus.

In the interview, Ms. Whately claimed that 76 NHS and rescuers had died of the disease, to which the host replied, “You see these numbers again, completely wrong.

Health Minister Helen Whately (right) was on the receiving end of two of the journalist's most memorable impressions (left) within a week last month

Health Minister Helen Whately (right) was on the receiving end of two of the journalist's most memorable impressions (left) within a week last month

Health Minister Helen Whately (right) was on the receiving end of two of the journalist’s most memorable impressions (left) within a week last month

“The actual figure of all people who work in the NHS and deceased care homes is actually 111.”

Mr. Hancock was challenged by the MailOnline columnist to sign up for a salary cut.

During the exchange on April 16, Morgan was also upset when the politician claimed the government was prepared for the pandemic and told him, “Stop playing that game with me, Mr. Hancock. You buy some time for yourself. ‘

Mr. Morgan said he would have “admired” Mr. Hancock more if he had just admitted that the Department of Health was “not prepared” for the impact the coronavirus pandemic had on the National Health Service.

He added, “Your determined refusal to admit that you made mistakes here is toasting me and misjudging the public vote.”

The pair continued to clash when Morgan punished Mr. Hancock, reminding him that he is leading the show after the politician encouraged him to “let him speak” during the interview.

On Good Morning Britain, Mr. Morgan said of the watchdog investigation: “They have not stopped any of the complaints. I’m glad about that.

“Freedom of expression is important and journalists who do their work are important. Making the government think about every decision they make holds them accountable.

“We do our job, they do theirs. But we are all on the same side here, and we should not challenge the government with the will for the government to fail.

“I want our government to succeed. We do this every day with ministers to help them make better decisions, so fewer people die.

“We are on the same side against the same enemy. It is not a referendum, it is not an election, it is a virus against the world. ‘

It is not clear who will act for Mr Morgan in his absence.

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